Get creative and add your own spices and fruits to this sangria, such as a handful of grapes, a slice of jalapeno, or a teaspoon of whole cloves. In this sangria, watermelon provides arginine and L-citrulline, which are amino acids that maintain the blood vessels, increase nitric oxide, and may improve blood flow to all tissues. Watermelon and pomegranate juice make this a vibrant sangria and the watermelon cubes soak up the brandy and wine to make this sangria just what you need at the end of a long week.
- Yield: 12 one-cup servings
Enough watermelon liquid to make 18 “ice” cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups (625 mL)
1 medium orange, ends cut off and sliced thin
4 cups (1 L) watermelon chunks, approximately 1″ cubes (in photo, triangle slices with rind)
½ cup (125 mL) brandy
2 cups (500 mL) pomegranate juice
1 bottled red wine, chilled (a Shiraz or Merlot works well)
1 ½ cups (375 mL) sparkling orange drink (Orangina or orange Italian soda)
Fill ice cube trays with watermelon juice and freeze.
Place orange slices, watermelon, and brandy in medium sized bowl, toss gently, and let stand for 15 minutes to allow fruit to soak up some of the brandy flavors.
In a large pitcher, add fruit mixture, pomegranate juice, and wine. Refrigerate for one hour or longer to allow flavors to meld. Just before serving, add the sparkling orange juice. Serve over watermelon ice cubes.
Per Serving: 142 Calories, 0.2 g Total Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 Trans Fat, 4 mg Sodium, 18.4 g Carbohydrate, 0.6 g Fibre, 14.6 g Sugars, 0.8 g Protein